West District ‘Wannabe’ Best In The West Meet News Report.
Cumbernauld Swimming Club members made the short trip to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow over the weekend to compete in the West District Graded meet. For the older swimmers it was a chance to hone their skills for the upcoming Glasgow International Meet at the end of the month and for the younger swimmers it was a great opportunity to test their mettle in a 50 metre pool against regional competition.
Cameron Creaney had a great weekend in the boys 11-14 age group, grabbing Gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200 metre Butterfly events as well as the 200 metre Individual Medley.
Murray Kennedy joined him on the podium in the 200 metre Butterfly, earning himself a Bronze medal, while Cameron Neilson swam his way to a Silver in the 100 metre Breaststroke.
In the boys 15-16 age group, Michael Flynn powered his way to Gold in the 800 metre Freestyle, then sprinted to a Silver in the 50 metre Butterfly.
Sam Glen captured Gold in the 100 metre Backcrawl, and Shawn Selbie a Silver in the 200 metre Backcrawl, while Kerr Martin joined the celebrations with a Bronze in the 100 metre Freestyle.
For the age 15-16 girls, Elle O’Reilly and Kelsey Corley both earned Silver medals. Elle earned hers the hard way, with a gruelling swim in the 800 metres, while Kelsey had a great swim in the 50 metre Backcrawl.
For the younger girls, 13 year old Nicole Flynn was narrowly touched out for Gold in the Age 11-14 200 metre Butterfly, and 11 year old teammate Emma Creaney swam her way to a Bronze.
Each of the medal winners earned their award in a personal best time, and every Cumbernauld swimmer achieved at least 1 personal best swim over the weekend, with the majority gaining a personal best time in every swim they entered.
A significant take-away from this meet was the opportunity it provided for our younger swimmers to be exposed to the long course pool. For the majority of them, this was their first experience in competing in a 50 metre pool, which put them quite far outside their comfort zone as it requires them to swim lengths at twice the distance they are used to. Nonetheless, they rose incredibly to the challenge, with all of our youngsters achieving personal best times during the meet. The boost in their confidence levels was plainly evident and will serve them well throughout the remainder of the competitive season!
Fantastic job swimmers!! You continue to improve and push the bar higher!!